A lot has happened in the past week.
Now, I’m not going to go into specific politics here. I’m sure if you spend any time at all on the internet, you’ve seen more than you can stomach, regardless of your political beliefs. I know I have.
I couldn’t muster the focus this week to pick a cohesive topic to blog about. So, this will just be a general update.
As many of you know, I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the annual challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Right now, I’m on track, and by the end of today should have at least 18,333 words written. Those words are split between two projects. The primary project is Serafima’s Stone – Book 2 of the Gaslight Frontier Series, the sequel to Grigory’s Gadget. The secondary project is my Chapter 1 submission for the Collaborative Writing Challenge Steampunk Project.
NaNoWriMo has been going very well so far this year. I’ve connected with some great local writers by attending “write-ins” at a local Escape Room (seriously, one of the coolest places I could imagine writing in!).
I want to leave you all with something positive and optimistic this week, so I’ve compiled a list of books (and some movies or shows) that emphasize the goodness of humanity and that look to a bright future (or that are simply fluffy and funny).
- The Harry Potter series
- The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology by Claudie Arseneault and Brenda J. Pierson
- The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
- Basically any Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli movie
- The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
- Life in a Day (2011)
- The Mindy Project
- How I Met Your Mother (series finale not encouraged 😉 )
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Parks and Recreation